Specific course designation

Who is responsible for designated courses

The Government publishes guidance which sets out information for alternative higher education providers on:

  • who is eligible to apply for designation
  • the criteria DfE uses to grant designation
  • how to apply for designation
  • the assessment process
  • the conditions designated providers must meet
  • the process for seeking annual re-designation
  • how DfE applies student number controls
  • the sanctions DfE may take if a provider no longer meets the criteria and conditions of designation

The latest version of the guidance can be found at:


Administration of specific course designation registered providers

The Office for Students are responsible for the administration of specific course designation applications and the register of providers.

Further information can be found at: